MURRAY, Ky. — Graduate student Dilmurod Ikromov admits that the future will likely present both expected and unexpected opportunities in life. And Ikromov, an international student from Uzbekistan, believes his degree from Murray State University has prepared him well for both extremes.

“The classes I took and the activities I was involved in provided me with the necessary tools to be successful in my future endeavors,”  Ikromov said. “I am a firm believer in the power of education.”

Ikromov will receive his master’s degree in human development and leadership as part of the May 12 graduate and doctoral commencement ceremony at the CFSB Center.

He is quick to credit the impact of being involved in numerous group projects, a common component of the academic experience, as an element of his preparation for achieving his future goals. In fact, being involved in group work brought Ikromov a great deal of enjoyment and personal growth.

“They [group projects] helped me to enhance my critical thinking, decision making and problem solving abilities,” Ikromov said. “Participation in such group projects allowed me to elevate my communications skills to such a level that I never thought I would be able to. I enjoyed being a part of such diverse groups where each and every member brought different points of views to the table, where we learned what it means to be socially and emotionally intelligent leaders and followers.”

Being many miles away from home, family and familiarity can present initial challenges and anxiety. However, for Ikromov, the ability to slowly yet confidently become more independent during his journey as a Racer was a pivotal part of the experience.

“One of my accomplishments at Murray State that makes me very proud is the fact that I grew into the fully independent person I am today like never before,” Ikromov said. “There is nothing wrong with relying on your family members, relatives and friends but minimizing your reliance on them in every way possible is, to my mind, a sign of maturity.”

“Now that I am about to graduate,” Ikromov continued, “I am extremely excited about what the future holds for me, ready for applying my newly-found knowledge to benefit people around me and very grateful for every moment I spent at Murray State University.”

Commencement services at Murray State will take place May 12 in the CFSB Center with an undergraduate ceremony at 9 a.m. and a graduate and doctoral ceremony at 2 p.m. Tickets will not be required for either ceremony. Use #RacerGraduation on social media to share the commencement experience. Additional information is available at

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